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Gee, It Feels Good to Go Retro

31 Jan

You know those songs that dominated the radio during your youth and essentially became part of your life’s soundtrack? You complain about them, but secretly adore them. They are strongly tied to your memories: sugary and sweet, embarrassing yet endearing.

My roommate and I decided to revisit some of those classics the other day. The lyrics are corny, and the beats are pretty basic. But they tug at the heartstrings purely because of the memories that they conjure up.

Cleopatra…comin’ atcha. They fueled my dream to become a pop group superstar. Disney Channel promoted them like crazy, so of course I gave in and bought their album. I had no idea that they were still goin’ strong these days!

Hilary Duff. Oh yes. Let that rain fall down. We made fun of it, but were totally jealous of her when it became the theme song for that show we pretended to hate…Laguna Beach.

We grew up with these silly songs. We loved to hate them, but really just hated to love them like we did.

My advice: indulge in some of those guilty pleasure songs from yesteryear. Dance like a fool with some of your comrades. It feels so horribly good.

Gee, Who Needs Scary When You Can Go Mad?

31 Oct

I went for a mad costume this year by dressing up as a Mad Men character…no one in particular, just one of Don Draper’s nameless ladies, of course.  I wish I had had more time to dress it up and go all out, but I lacked some motivation without a Don Draper partner.  I teased up my hair and pulled out my vintage dress from Debois which I bought this summer.

Speaking of Mad Men…what is Don Draper doing?!  I am still baffled by his proposal on the October 17th finale.  Is Don just trying to replace the memory of Anna with the fantasy of Megan?  Is he setting his expectations for her too high?  Is he even capable of a meaningful relationship?  Until next season…

Gee, Childhood TV Boggles The Mind

25 Oct

Last night, a strange memory stirred within me.  I suddenly remembered that somewhere in my childhood, there was a big, comfy couch with a strange clown girl and talking dust mites.  And then it hit me – it was The Big Comfy Couch…a strange children’s television program that I had strategically pushed out of my mind.

It’s bizarre to look back and remember what we found entertaining as children.  At the age of six, I was captivated by this nonsensical show about the adventures of clown girl (Loonette is her name) and her dolly (Molly, of course) and the beings that lived in her couch.  I guess there were some educational elements thrown in about counting and friendship and whatnot.  As an adult, one would need a copious amounts of drugs to understand and embrace this show.  But as a child, it all made perfect sense.

Yeah, I thought that this was super cool:

And Wikipedia tells me that production of this Canadian gem of a show is ongoing after 17 years.  Thank goodness the crazy clown inspiration continues for new generations…

Gee, Don’s The Man

10 Aug

In this week’s episode of Mad Men (“The Good News”), Don ventured back to LA to visit Mrs. Draper.  His good side shines through as he shows true concern for Mrs. Draper’s cancerous condition.  Dick’s sweet heart is in Don Draper’s hot body somewhere!

But just when I get my hopes up about Don/Dick having a soul, I face a major letdown.  Don and Lane have an unexpected bonding experience over the lonely holidays.  Personally, the demure and proper Lane was the last character I ever would have partnered with Don for his bad boy antics.  But alas, Don’s charms work their magic, and he gets the Brit businessman drunk and hires him a hooker.  A lovely influence, Mr. Draper.  It will be interesting to see where this bout of camaraderie will lead.

Whether you are male or female, there’s no denying the enchanting ways of Don Draper.  He is just too suave for words.  When I found this article entitled, “Don Draper’s 10 Lessons in Being a Man” on the Death + Taxes website, I couldn’t help but smile and think, “Bingo.”  Looking over the list of Don’s bad boy tendencies is truly comical.

Although Don is deceptive and his behaviors are less than admirable, I always want to see the good in him.  I want to believe in the compassionate Dick/Don/whoever is in there, but something always pulls this man down into the gutter of morality once again.

P.S. I am a huge fan, so I was overjoyed to find that they have e-cards just for Mad Men.  Amazing.

Gee, Mad Habits

1 Aug

New episode of Mad Men in a little over an hour!  In honor of yet another hour of mystery and intrigue in the ad world, I thought I’d share an entertaining and fascinating article that I found on the Ad Age website.

Sexual rendezvous and drinking are commonplace on the job.  The crew at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce have no qualms about throwing back a few liquor drinks during a typical day at the office to get the creative juices flowing.  It all adds to that sexy ambiance of the ad world…right?

Peter Madden of Ad Age decided to explore this office practice in the real world to discover “The Effects of a Three Martini Lunch on the Creative Process.”  You can probably guess how this experiment turns out in the real world: not so sexy.  But hey, there is no denying that Don Draper makes it look that way.  Mmmmmhmmmm…cheers to that.

Gee, The Mad Premiere

26 Jul

Last night’s premiere of “Mad Men’s” fourth season did not disappoint, even with all of the hype.  From the intriguing new Joey character (maybe I’m just saying that because he’s quite the looker) to the swanky new office, there are a number of enticing changes this season.

The new offices are noticeably less open, facilitating the secrets that linger around every corner of the agency.

Betty is struggling for acceptance in Henry’s family.  Sally is toying with rebellion in the wake of her parents’ divorce.

Don’s apartment is dark and foreboding as he retreats deeper and deeper into his own problems.  I find it very telling that when asked by a reporter, “Who is Don Draper?,” he didn’t really know how to respond.  But WSJ’s Cheryl Berman hits the nail on the head in her recap for the “Speakeasy” blog:

“So is Don the devil? No. He’s just a very attractive, very well dressed guy you can’t hate too much because no matter what he does, you still want to believe in him.”

As usual, Tom & Lorenzo do a remarkable job of reviewing the fashion, the characters, and all the dirt.

Gee, What A Mad World

25 Jul

It’s finally here!  AMC’s hit show “Mad Men” returns tonight with the season 4 premiere at 10pm ET.

Yes, I’ll admit it: I’m a “Mad Men” junky.  My mother got me hooked after she lent me seasons 1 and 2.  But how could I not get sucked in?  The characters are enticing and bizarre, each with their own secrets and demons in an era that is obsessed with keeping up appearances and looking like the Cleavers.  Each one is absolutely mad, but they hide it with makeup, fancy drinks, and fake smiles.  Every day is a balancing act as they try to keep it all together.

The “Mad Men Unbuttoned” blog does a remarkable job of highlighting the intricacies time period.  It is a fantastic “Romp Through 1960’s America” that really analyzes the culture of this hit series.  Recently, the blog became a book…so it’s gotta be pretty good.  Check it out!

One of my favorite blogging projects, the “fabulous and opinionated” Tom & Lorenzo, are all over “Mad Men” fashion and news.  They hold nothing back in their brutally honest reviews, which is why I adore them.  Lucky for us, they got to check out an early premiere of this mesmerizing show.  All I can say is this little snippet has me on the edge of my seat:

“Trust us, it was one of the best episodes of the show we’d ever seen. Really. There wasn’t one boring moment or wasted line and pretty much every character got a brief moment in the spotlight.”

It’s gonna be mad…